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|Redgraves Set To Star In Cherry Orchard
- Brother and sister team up for London stage
MEMBERS of the most famous family in London theatre are to pair up on stage this autumn. Vanessa and brother Corin Redgrave will lead the cast of Anton Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard at the National Theatre in September.
The Redgraves play brother and sister of a bankrupt family oblivious to the changes enforced by the modern world. They refuse to sell their large Cherry Orchard and its fate symbolises the fate of the characters on the brink of a new age.
The Redgraves appeared on stage together in last year's revival of Noel Coward's Song At Twilight at the Gielgud Theatre. Before that they teamed up to form the Moving Theatre company, co-producing the world-premiere of Tennessee Williams' Not About Nightingales in 1998.
And before that the duo were leading lights of the now defunct Workers Revolutionary Party, whose adherence to the cause of Trotskyism was fatally compromised by strange shifts in political line such as the sudden hero worship of former Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, a man who, like The Cherry Orchard characters, found himself in history's dustbin after an epoch of dramatic change.
The Cherry Orchard will be directed by NT artistic director Trevor Nunn.